Cold winds sweep marshes, hills, woods and moors from Rye to Pitlochry. But our tipsters are hardy and know the best routes – and some restorative pitstops
Winning tip: Mam Tor, Derbyshire
Following days of Christmas inactivity, we head up for a long family walk in the Peak District. Mam Tor tops the list for me – a reliable route on which to be battered by all the elements to restoratively whip away the post-Christmas slump. Take a steep path up from Hope or Castleton and follow the ridge across the top of the moors before returning into the valley for a pint at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn in How Lane, Castleton. But beware of the wind. We’ve lost two hats, a glove, and crucially, the map…
Saltmarsh and sands, East Sussex
For this eight-miler starting at Rye station, start by making your way through the town and along the A259, then left on Harbour Road and right on the private road/public footpath along the River Brede. Then past Camber Castle and across Nook Road to the seafront, and along the seafront to the mouth of the Rother, with detours into the nature reserve if you wish to enjoy wintering seabirds in the pools. Refresh yourself at the delightfully positioned William the Conqueror in Rye Harbour or the nearby Inkerman Arms (you could start and end your walk here, too) before heading back to Rye where there are dozens of quality eateries and watering holes to complete your festivities.